Debunks the repressed memory witch hunts. Very good introduction to cognitive dissonance theory. Guaranteed to offend those living in fantasy land (christians).
It has hit the fan. What we have long known or expected, is really true. The need for spin, double-speak and "fudging", will surely stop now. Really? Don't bet your life on it. Great uncovering of the truth..
The problem with a book about rationalization of mistakes is that everything depends on your judgment of what actions were mistakes, and what explanations are mere rationalizations. If one person believes he made the right choice, but the authors disagree, then they call his explanations "rationalizations," while if the authors agree, then of course it's not rationalization at all.
The result is that it is the authors who are rationalizing their own biases, and the book is essentially worthless as anything but feel-good reassurance if your views happen to coincide exactly with the authors'.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
This is mostly a 'relationship' book. It's not in the league of books like Black Swan or Predictably Irrational.
I found most of the book boring. What's actually somewhat funny is that the book is read by a woman and a man. The man's parts are very minor which come across like the "dumb man" TV commercials. Ever notice that? How the man is always the dummy...
Well, they got me on this one. I should have seen the word "hurtful" as my clue to this being a feely more than a heady book.
Not recommended by this reviewer.
This book is a poorly disguised vehicle to present 'liberal', far left of center political opinions. Book begins with diatribes against George Bush, Cheny, war on Iraq etc...the comments are predictable and not insightful in anyway. As you may have now guessed the authors are referring to political views that do agree with as foolish beliefts and bad decisions...if you are left leaning and want to rehash the same old opinions, then this is the book for you..othewise don't expect scholarly or insightful psychological analysis like that found in books like Blink, Predictable Irrational etc...
I was hoping this book would be an insightful look into human behavior (along the lines of Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely). Instead I struggled to listen to the first 2 hours of this pointless, politically-guided, psycho-babble until I could take no more. The authors seem to believe that cognitive dissonance (a way of reconciling one's "bad" behavior with the self-perception as a "good" person) drives all thoughts and behaviors. Although this is true for all of us some of the time, it is not for most of us most of the time. Sometimes we know what we did was bad and change because we have learned from the mistakes of our past. The title would more aptly read, "Mistakes Were Made (But NEVER By Me): Why We NEVER Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts (And NEVER Learn From Mistakes)." If it had such a title, I would never purchase it as it would be based on a clearly false premise.
Good book if you want to be defrauded of a credit. It's advertised as a study of a peculiar human psychological phenomena, but is actually nothing but a tendentious screed.